Principal November/December 2019: The Principal's Guide to Leadership

This issue of Principal magazine commemorates the 2019 publication of NAESP’s Leading Learning Communities: Pillars, Practices, and Priorities for Effective Principals. In its third edition, this hallmark standards document is organized around three mutually supportive and mutually dependent pillars of the principal’s role: building culture, empowering people, and optimizing systems. The articles in this issue drill down on corresponding practices that range from engaging with families in multiple generations to using data to assess student growth. They are meant to aid in your leadership development as you strive to impact educational equity, close achievement gaps, and deliver a safe and secure learning environment for the communities you serve.
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This issue of Principal is also accompanied by a Leading Lessons guide, “Shared Vision, Shared Success,” which aligns with NAESP’s new Leading Learning Communities standards.
Intertwined for Achievement School leaders must recognize the mutually reinforcing relationship between equity and social, emotional, and academic development Ross Wiener
Planting the SEAD To implement a social, emotional, and academic development program, principals must infuse it in every student interaction Ann Clark
Making PLCs a Plus 3 strategies to spawn better teacher collaboration and greater impact Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Almarode
Measuring Up Using data to assess student growth is crucial, and different strategies will reveal different aspects of advancement Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger
Look Out for the Leader Principals are responsible for the well-being of teachers, students, and themselves Allyson Apsey
Engagement Across the Generations With at least four age groups represented in schools, communications must reach parents in every medium to be effective Dillon Kalkhurst
The Sum of Its Parts Distributed leadership requires the disposition of empowerment, not a position or title Raymond McNulty
Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising Crowdfunding sites can help schools access classroom projects kids want with transparency Kirk Smiley
NAESP 2019 National Distinguished Principals Honoring outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators
From the Editor To Lead a Learning Community Kaylen Tucker
Snapshots Nuggets of research, policy, and practice to keep you informed
5 Things What you need to know about the association that has your back
In the Spotlight A Gift to the Gifted: Nicole Moore
Practitioner’s Corner Helping Hands Use students’ strengths, interests, skills, and enthusiasm to solve school dilemmas
Raising the Bar From Novice to Expert in Three Years New York district creates a mentorship program to get new principals up to speed faster
Principal’s Bookshelf Keeping the Pros in the Know Personalized Professional Learning helps principals implement alternative learning strategies for teachers
School Law Beware of the Dog Legal issues associated with service animals in schools
Speaking Out Make Equity the Expectation 10 suggestions for heading off failure in urban public schools
Parents & Schools Communicate the Benefits of PLCs A new study reveals that parents often like PLCs for the wrong reasons
Postscript A Philosophy of the Principalship L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE

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